In 2006, Florence and Daniel Guerlain decided to focus their efforts on their passion for drawing and founded the contemporary Drawing Prize. Intended for artists for whom drawing – work on paper or cardboard, collages, wall drawings is a significant part of their work. All graphic means are allowed - pencil, charcoal, ink, wash tint, gouache, watercolour, pastel, felt tip or sanguine – except for computer or mechanical processes.
The three artists nominated, each year, by a committee of six experts may be of French or foreign nationality on condition that they entertain a privileged cultural link with France through institutional exhibitions, studies or being in residence there.
The winner is chosen by a jury of French and foreign collectors renewed each year
The winner receives an award of €15,000, while the two runners-up each receive an award of €5,000. In addition, a work by the winner is donated by the Foundation to the Prints and Drawings department at the Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Pompidou.
Since it was launched, the Drawing Prize has been awarded to: Silvia Bächli, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Catharina Van Eetvelde, Marcel Van Eeden, Jorinde Voigt, Susan Hefuna, Tomasz Kowalski, Jockum Nordström, Cameron Jamie, Ciprian Muresan, Mamma Andersson, Claire Morgan and Juan Uslé
The Drawing Prize is sponsored by “Le Cercle des Amis”, Neuflize OBC, Guerlain, Artcurial, Artprice by ArtMarket.com, Voisin Consulting Life Sciences, Groupe Elysées Monceau, Groupe Pasteur Mutualité, the Salon du Dessin, L’École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Château Seguin, Vodka Beluga, Champagne Ruinart and Rova Caviar Madagascar.
The names of the three shortlisted artists was announced on Thursday 10 December 2020
Members of the 2021 jury :
Doris Beyersdorf (Switzerland)
Marcelo Roberto Ferro (Brazil)
Christian Hausmaninger (Austria)
Marlise Jozami (Argentina)
Matthieu de Boisséson
Jean Louis Milin
Florence and Daniel Guerlain (France).
Members of the committee :
Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Head Curator in charge of the collection of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Paris
Christophe Leribault, heritage curator, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris - Petit Palais
Yuan-Chih Cheng, Advisor at Direction Générale de la Création Artistique,
Lucia Pesapane, conservator and exhibition curator
Gabrielle Salomon, Collector, former pupil of the Ecole du Louvre
Florence and Daniel Guerlain, Collectors and Founders of the Prize.